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CERAUNI´LIA (Κεραυνιλία), a town of Samnium or Apulia, mentioned by Diodorus (20.26) as taken by the Romans in the Second Samnite War, B.C. 311. The name is otherwise wholly unknown, as well as that of Cataracta (Καταράκτα) which accompanies it; Niebuhr suggests (Hist. of Rome, vol. iii. p. 245) that it may be the same with the Cesaunia which appears in the epitaph of Scipio Barbatus; but this is mere conjecture. Italian antiquaries identify it with the modern town of Cerignola in Apulia. (Romanelli, vol. ii. p. 259.)


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